Saturday, November 11, 2006

Gossip or Grace

Sometimes it's all too easy to gossip, isn't it? Often it sneaks up on us so that in the middle of what was a perfectly wholesome conversation, we suddenly realise that we are talking about someone else and passing judgement with our words. This has been brought home to me several times recently.

Last month our pastor, Peter Grainger, preached on James 3:1-12 under the title "Taming the Tongue" and it is well worth listening to. He spoke of how what we say often determines the direction of our lives, can lead to destruction and can cause division.

This past week I listened to a sermon by Ken Sande entitled "Breathe Grace", given at Metro Life Church in Florida and it also challenges us to ensure that what we say builds others up, with some very helpful practical suggestions about how we can have speech that is full of grace (HT: Solo Femininity). He states that gossiping is like "show and tell for adults" and arises from a desire to make ourselves the centre of attention.

Thirdly, Nancy Leigh DeMoss talks about this subject from a female perspective in one of her radio broadcasts and you can read the transcript here.

"Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark." James 3:5

1 comment:

Juliana said...

Gossip has been a big problem in my former line of work. I was a Supervisor in a bank, responsible to organize and oversee up to 12 people at times and so I had to resolve any issues between them. Some of my staff actually left the job because of gossip, and the fact that really stuck with me was that most of the gossip causing such harm was started by someone that had no bad intentions and was just thoughtless. We as Christians are commanded to exercise self control and it is emphasized over and over again. Some of my favorite verses on the subject are Proverbs 12:18 and Galatians 5:22.